Crash Champions, LLC, one of the nation's largest independent collision repair MSOs with a leading presence in both the greater Midwest and Southern California markets, announced Oct. 7 the acquisition of Fountain Valley Bodyworks, Inc., the largest family owned MSO in Orange County, CA.
With the addition of Fountain Valley Bodyworks' two locations, Crash Champions now has 25 shops in Southern California.
Crash Champions is currently the fifth largest collision repair MSO, with 47 total locations across Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri and California.
Founded in 1974 by industry veteran Dave March, Fountain Valley Bodyworks is a trusted partner of regional and national insurance carriers and known for its commitment to quality service.
The company's highly regarded shops are operated by a veteran workforce responsible for generating more than $18 million of annual sales. Based on sales per square foot, these two locations rank among the highest-performing collision repair shops in the industry.
As part of the transaction, March will retain a meaningful ownership stake in the combined organization and remain an active member of its leadership team moving forward, alongside Director Michael March and General Manager Mike Honrath.
"After 45-plus years of building Fountain Valley Bodyworks into the powerhouse it is today, I knew our next chapter would involve partnering with a well-capitalized MSO positioned for meaningful near-term growth," said March. "Crash Champions is a brand on a mission. The leadership at Crash Champions and Fountain Valley Bodyworks have a shared vision for the company's go-forward strategy and our operational ethos could not be more aligned.
"I look forward to working with our new partners at Crash Champions to enhance our value proposition to our insurance carrier partners and drive meaningful market share gains in Southern California. This is a tremendous day for everyone at our company, and we are excited for what the future holds."